Photo courtesy of District Attorney Michael Morrissey's office.
Quincy College has received $2,000 in a “School Security Grant” through the office of Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey.
Part of the second annual School Safety Grant program, the grant enables the district attorney’s office to use seized drug money into programs that make schools in Norfolk County safer.
“Our schools need to be safe places, places of refuge in order to be effective places of learning,” Morrissey said. “Taking money that was forfeited by drug dealers and thugs and making capital improvements to the public schools in Norfolk County that make them safer and more secure – I consider that an excellent use of that money.”
Last year alone, Morrissey’s office gave out $21,000 for matching grants of up to $3,000 each. This year, the office offered direct grants to area schools.
Quincy College applied for the grant money, which will be used for door locking mechanisms that better control who is entering its buildings.
“We share with District Attorney Morrissey a commitment to ensuring the safety and security of the College for the several thousand students who come here every day seeking a safe and secure environment in which to learn and improve themselves,” said college President Peter H. Tsaffaras in a release. “We greatly appreciate this grant as it helps us further our ongoing efforts to enhance campus safety, and we look forward to working with District Attorney Morrissey’s office in the future on items of mutual importance.“
Quincy College isn’t the first school in the city to receive improvements from such funds.
In October, Morrissey awarded $2,000 to the Broad Meadows Middle School, Lincoln Hancock, and Squantum Elementary Schools for security cameras.
Last year, the district attorney’s office also funded $3,000 of a $6,500 project to install security cameras for external surveillance at Clifford Marshall and Snug Harbor elementary schools as well as at Sterling, Atlantic, and Point Webster middle schools.
According to a release, all grants were drawn on funds seized during narcotics trafficking investigations. Money was subsequently forfeited by drug dealers during court proceedings.